Who we are

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The Health and Education Training and Technical Assistance Services (HETTAS) is a South African Registered Section 21 NPO. With advisory support in the early years from the Harvard School of Public Health, HETTAS has been at the forefront of developing materials and delivering training and technical assistance to build capacity for partners using prevention education in multiple sectors and settings. HETTAS is dedicated to the improvement of prevention education, sexual reproductive health and risk reduction strategies.

While HETTAS deals with the wide spectrum of HIV prevention education, the organisation specialises in developing interventions designed for adolescent youth. Formerly known as the Centre for the Support of Peer Education (CSPE), HETTAS has worked with governmental and non-governmental partners through schools, clinics, faith-based organisations, sports programmes, drop-in centres, tertiary institutions and workplaces across nine provinces since inception.



To be a leading resource for the promotion of rigorous, quality, youth focused prevention education in Southern Africa.

  • To coordinate and manage a national resource for the betterment of prevention programmes in different settings and sites, through a collaborative and integrated systems approach
  • To provide training and technical assistance to organisations committed to improving their organisational approach and strategy for prevention.
  • To ensure the on-going development of resources and materials to respond to the ever evolving needs of a developmental country such as South Africa and beyond.
  • To provide support to prevention education and risk reduction strategies in national and community programmes and other high risk settings through helping adults work more effectively with youth.
  • To support and practically promote skills transfer and development of human capital through a rigorous T&TA mentorship approach.